I provide specialist knowledge and treatment in Endocrine and General Surgery. This includes thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal gland disorders as well as variety of general surgical conditions.
Please bring with you to your appointment:
referral letter from GP/specialist
a list of your current medications/doses
radiology and blood test results
ultrasound and CT scans
Reasons for referral
Patients are often referred to Dr Lam for the following reasons:
a lump in the thyroid/neck
symptoms of an enlarged thyroid (difficulty swallowing, choking feeling when swallowing or lying flat, pressure or tightness in the neck)
incidental findings on tests (thyroid nodules, adrenal nodules, raised calcium blood test)
management of thyroid, parathyroid, or adrenal cancer
If surgery is required, Dr Lam performs operations on private patients at Epworth Richmond or Warringal Private Hospital.
Dr Lam also operates at the following public hospitals:
St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
This may be undertaken for conditions such as multinodular goitre, retrosternal goitre, Grave's disease, thyroid nodules or thyroid cancer. Usually patients are admittted on the day of surgery and are able to go home the following morning.
Parathyroid glands help control the calcium in the body. Occasionally one or more of these may become overactive and cause high calcium levels in the blood. High calcium can cause symptoms such as fatigue, low energy levels, aches and pains, renal stones and also contribute to osteoporosis. Surgery is the only long term cure available.
The adrenal glands are situated near the top of each kidney and make a variety of hormones. With the increasing use of ultrasound and CT scans, nodules on the adrenal glands are increasingly being picked up incidentally - the "adrenal incidentalomas." The vast majority of these do not need surgery, but if it is required, it can usually be performed via a minimally invasive ("keyhole") approach.
Dr Lam became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2013 and has undergone extensive post-fellowship training in Endocrine and General Surgery, including two years in Melbourne and one year as the Senior Clinical Fellow in Endocrine Surgery at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Here she learnt new skills such as fibreoptic nasoendoscopy for examination of vocal cords and retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy (RPA). She now is a consultant Endocrine and General Surgeon at several tertiary hospitals in Melbourne.
She grew up in rural New Zealand and enjoyed undergraduate life at the University of Otago. Following this, she moved to Melbourne where she worked as a junior doctor. In 2005 she spent time abroad, participating in a medical aid programme in Sri Lanka in the wake of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and then working within the NHS in London. She returned to Melbourne in 2006 and completed her General Surgery training at Western Health.
Her clinical interests are in quality of life in thyroid surgery, parathyroid disease, and the management of incidental endocrine findings. She also enjoys teaching medical students and junior doctors.
P: (03) 9429 1002
F: (03) 8672 0771
Please call Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Suite 6.5, Epworth Richmond, 89 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121
Epworth Hospital visitor parking is available with fees and it is entered from Bridge Road. 2 hour metered parking is also available on Bridge Road, Lennox Street and Erin Street. Please pay attention to council regulations.
The closest train station is West Richmond station on the South Morang / Hurstbridge line. (10 minute walk to Epworth Richmond). Richmond station on Swan street is a 15 minute walk.
From the City, in Flinders Street take the number 75 tram or in Collins Street take the number 48 tram and alight at stop number 15, which is the Epworth Hospital on Bridge Road.
76 Edwin Street, Heidelberg Heights VIC 3081
Parking is available for patients at rear of the building.
The 513 and 903 buses stop on the corner of Edwin and Bell Street, 1 minute walk.
Heidelberg train station (Hurstbridge line) is a 20 minute walk.
If you would like to arrange an appointment with Dr Lam, please contact the rooms during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9-5pm) on 9429 1002